Teen Suspended for Accidentally Bringing Beer to School

LIVINGSTON, TX -- Two weeks ago, 17-year-old Livingston High School junior Chaz Seale says he accidentally grabbed a beer from his fridge instead of a soda then packed it in his lunch kit.  It was an honest mistake, says his mother, one that could happen to anyone.

The teen says he realized what he did while in third period, "So I gave it to the teacher thinking I wouldn't get in trouble and I got in trouble."

Lots of trouble. 3 days suspension and 60 days at an alternative school.

"I was just baffled, I said '60 days?' That's the maximum amount."

Seale's mom tried explaining to the school principal her son did the right thing by coming forward and feels the punishment doesn't fit the crime.  In a statement the district says, "The principal of Livingston High followed appropriate LISD administrative procedures. LISD encourages any parent who is in disagreement with an administrative decision to seek relief through the appellate process."

A Facebook page against the strict zero tolerance policy and in support of Seale has already been started. It's a welcome sign of support for a mom who is working hard to clear her son's name.

"I think it's not black and white there has to be a grey area you can't punish a kid for doing the right thing, the same punishment that you would give a kid that you catch doing the wrong thing."

Seale's mom is appealing her son's suspension to try to get the punishment reduced.

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